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[Kevin Alfred] Strom isn’t the only expelled Alliance member to start his own group. Former Alliance official Billy Roper launched White Revolution. But Roper’s outfit has nowhere near matched the burgeoning popularity of National Vanguard.
Blodgett gives Strom roughly even odds for long-term success. “I don’t know what [Strom’s] chances are to succeed,” he said. “He’s not as personable [as Gliebe].” But still, Blodgett allowed, “I think if there’s anybody in the movement who could make a go of it, he could do it.”
Strom, the only member of [William] Pierce’s inner circle who was considered close to Pierce in intellectual ability, shares Pierce’s ability to impress followers with sheer bombastic intellectualism. But unlike Pierce, the author of the highly influential Turner Diaries, Strom may have trouble earning the admiration of the white racialist movement’s more hard-core, radical elements. Some have criticized Strom for being too effeminate and yielding to his strong-willed wife. His detractors have nicknamed him “weenie.”
In contrast to Pierce, who more or less openly called for the extermination of Jews, Strom seems to be at least superficially taking a less militant approach with National Vanguard. When a church in Virginia was torched in July after it endorsed gay marriage, Strom wrote an e-mail to a newspaper condemning the attack: “The arson … hurt the cause of those who, like National Vanguard, believe that we should lawfully, intelligently, and responsibly advocate a return to healthy values.”
It’s not clear whether this approach will prove to be an effective strategy for Strom and National Vanguard in the long run. Strom’s emergence as a leader is certainly partly due to the disarray that is afflicting the neo-Nazi movement in general, and the National Alliance in particular.
– Source: The Wannabe: Former National Alliance ‘intellectual’ Kevin Strom wants to be a boss By T.K. Kim, Intelligence Report Number 119, Fall 2005, Southern Poverty Law Center
Ex-Wife Speaks Out
Kirsten Kaiser once believed that every Jewish synagogue was built on the bones of a Christian woman and Christian boy.
She watched a version of “Jurassic Park” that edited out star Jeff Goldblum because he is Jewish.
And if she disagreed with her husband, a leader of the white-supremacist group National Alliance, he argued and kept her awake for 48 hours at a time until she finally gave in.
Six years ago, she broke away from her husband and the National Alliance. She lost her children, her home, and her identity.
Today, Kaiser has rebuilt her life. She regained custody of her three children, she is taking classes at a community college in Rochester, Minn., and she’s remarried a man whom she calls kind and gentle.
But Kaiser still feels angry. She’s furious at the years of lies and brainwashing she endured from the National Alliance, which is headquartered in Pocahontas County.
So she speaks out — in media interviews with “20/20” and Good Housekeeping; with a new book, “Bondage of Self”; and to groups like the West Virginia Hate Crimes Task Force, which she is scheduled to address Thursday afternoon. (The meeting is not open to the public.)
“I feel these people raped my soul,” Kaiser said. “They took away everything that made Kirsten, Kirsten.
“Hundreds of women like me have gotten hooked up with some man from a racist group who controls their lives. I want them to know that if I can escape and regain my soul, they can too.”
– Source: After 6 years away, reformed white supremacist remains angry, The Charleston Gazette, USA, May 7, 2003
On Jan. 4, 2007, Kevin Alfred Strom was arrested:
A leader of the white supremacist movement was arraigned today on charges of possession of child pornography and witness tampering after being arrested by FBI agents Thursday night at his home in Charlottesville, Va.
Kevin Alfred Strom, founder of the National Vanguard white supremacist group, was considered the leading intellectual of the movement since the death of William Pierce, the author of the notorious “Turner Diaires.”
Strom was arraigned in U.S. District Court in Charlottesville, charged with the two counts, and is currently being held at a facility in the city. According to the indictment, he allegedly possessed or attempted to possess “multiple images of child pornography” on his computer’s hard drive.
Strom was also charged with witness tampering, which involved physically assaulting and mentally intimidating a witness to his criminal activity.
Last July, Strom took a leave of absence from National Vanguard, citing “family and health matters” and saying that he had “made mistakes, sometimes serious ones,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks white supremacist activity.
– Source: White Supremacist Busted on Child-Porn Charge, ABC News, USA, Jan. 4, 2007